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Prof Jim Boyle


Personal statement

I am Director of Postgraduate Professional Training in Educational Psychology, which encompasses the MSc in Educational Psychology and the Research Doctorate in Educational Psychologists for practitioners (DEdPsy). I also teach on the MSc in Research Methods and supervise PhD students and Honours dissertations. I am also an Honorary Professor, Moray House School of Education, University of Edinburgh and am an Associate Editor of the British Journal of Educational Psychology and a member of the Editorial Boards of The Australian Educational and Developmental Psychologist and Cogent Education (Open Access). Before joining the University of Strathclyde, I worked as an Educational Psychologist in two local authority services for 12 years. I was awarded the 2011 prize for best research paper of the year by the International Journal of Language and Communication Disorders, and a Teaching Excellence Award by the University of Strathclyde in 2012.


Has expertise in:

    I have directed large-scale externally-funded RCTs and have expertise in the analysis of cohort data, systematic review and meta-analysis and the evaluation of educational programmes. I have also co-authored and standardised published language tests and am a member of the British Psychological Society's Committee for Test Standards.

Prizes and awards

Honorary Professor, Moray House School of Education, University of Edinburgh
University of Strathclyde Teaching Excellence Award
Prize for Best Research Paper of 2011, International Journal of Language and Communication Disorders
Election as International Affiliate of the Institute of School Psychology 2009- present

more prizes and awards


Frameworks for Practice in Educational Psychology : A Textbook for Trainees and Practitioners
Kelly Barbara, Woolfson Lisa, Boyle James
Parameters of service delivery and the Strathclyde Language Intervention Program (SLIP)
Boyle James, McCartney Elspeth
Treatment of Language Disorders in ChildrenCommunication and Language Intervention Series, (2016)
Methods for research in professional educational psychology
MacKay Tommy, Boyle James, Cole Rachel
Educational and Child Psychology Vol 33, pp. 6-10, (2016)
Systematic review and meta analysis
Boyle James, Connolly Michael, MacKay Tommy
Educational and Child Psychology Vol 33, (2016)
Developing higher-order reading skills in mainstream primary schools : a metacognitive approach in educational psychology in Scotland a study protocol
Moir Taryn, Boyle James, Woolfson Lisa
Better movers and thinkers (BMT) : an exploratory study of an innovative approach to physical education
Dalziell Andrew, Boyle James, Mutrie Nanette
Europe's Journal of Psychology Vol 11, pp. 722-741, (2015)

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My teaching interests include research methods and developmental psychology which I teach at Master's level. I also supervise PhD and DEdPsy students whose topics include attachment, executive functions, goal attainment and decision-making for educational provision.

Research interests

My research interests include language impairment (both identification and intervention), the effects of computer games and exercise upon executive functions, bully-victim problems in schools and in the work-place, psychometrics, and the practice of educational psychology.

Professional activities

Educational and Child Psychology (Journal)
Guest editor
Invited Talk: A Career in Educational Psychology
Educational and Child Psychology (Journal)
Guest editor
Invited Talk: A Career in Educational Psychology.
‘Proving it...’: Demonstrating Outcomes and Impact in Educational Psychology.
Department for Education and Skills (External organisation)

more professional activities


Modelling the Psychological Factors in Autism Spectrum Diorders (studentship)
Boyle, James (Principal Investigator)
Period 01-Oct-2014 - 30-Sep-2017
Better Movers and Thinkers
Boyle, James (Co-investigator)
Better Movers and Thinkers is a collaboration with Professor Nanette Mutrie and Andy Dalziel (Edinburgh University), Education Scotland and Professor Jim Boyle (Strathclyde University) researching the impact of specific approaches to teaching and learning within physical education and their impact on physical and cognitive ability.
Period 09-Jan-2012 - 31-Dec-2015
Roberts Funding / Skills Training / RA4496
Boyle, James (Principal Investigator)
Period 01-Oct-2004 - 31-Oct-2013
Microsegmentation of the autism spectrum
Boyle, James (Principal Investigator)
Period 12-Dec-2013 - 31-Oct-2014
Paradigm Shift In Use Of Physical Activity In Treatment And Prevention
Reilly, John (Principal Investigator) Boyle, James (Co-investigator)
Period 01-Sep-2011 - 30-Nov-2012

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